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Internationally

Agassi aids U.S. win

PALERMO, Sicily - Andre Agassi displayed his new attitude, "crazy" wardrobe and relentless game as he gave the heavily favored U.S. team an opening victory over Italy in the Davis Cup Friday.

He beat Andrea Gaudenzi 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 in just over two hours with such ease that even Agassi seemed surprised.

Nationally

Denver unveils new field

DENVER - They built Coors Field and they came Friday, despite a baseball strike that filled the field with unknown players. The $215.5 million brick-faced ballpark nestled in downtown Denver's former warehouse district opened to the sound of Bruce Springsteen songs blaring over the state-of-the-art sound system.

Rapper threatens 'Canes

MIAMI - A rap-music star who reportedly made incentive payments of up to $500 to Miami football players threatened Friday to tell all he knows unless the Hurricanes start Ryan Collins at quarterback.

Singer Luther Campbell and Collins, who are black, have suggested race is an issue in Miami's quarterback competition. Campbell warned that he'd expose a play-for-pay scheme at Miami if Collins doesn't start under Butch Davis, the Hurricanes' new coach.

Several former Miami players have said Campbell paid players for on-field performances, offering as much as $500 for touchdowns in a 1989 game against Notre Dame. Campbell said at the time he never paid players.

Miami is investigating the allegations.

Dolphins sign Parmalee

MIAMI - Miami Dolphins running back Bernie Parmalee, a former UPS driver who became an NFL star last season, signed a two-year contract with the team on Friday.

Holzinger honored

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Brian Holzinger was named the best college hockey player in the country. The Bowling Green senior center won the Hobey Baker Award.

America3 triumphs

SAN DIEGO - America3 took its bitter battle against Dennis Conner to the water on Friday and decisively beat Stars & Stripes to avoid elimination from the America's Cup for the second straight day.

Sailed by 15 women and tactician Dave Dellenbaugh, America3's Mighty Mary regained the lead early on the third leg and went on to beat Stars & Stripes by 2 minutes, 4 seconds.

Giants sign Croel

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The New York Giants went to Denver to find a coach in 1993. The went back there Thursday, and came up with a pass-rushing linebacker to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Lawrence Taylor.

Mike Croel, a linebacker who played for Dan Reeves in Denver, rejoined his coach when he agreed to a one-year deal believed to be worth $850,000.

Arantxa withdraws

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, the top-ranked player in the world, withdrew from her quarterfinal match Friday at the Family Circle Cup because of a severe ankle sprain. Sanchez Vicario injured her right ankle Thursday during a three-set victory over Amanda Coetzer.

Locally

Williams wins tourney

Don Williams of Ogden won the University of South Florida Young Bulls Classic Tennis Tournament this week in Tampa, Florida. The 16-year-old sophomore at the Palmer Tennis Academy in Tampa defeated Dedric Le Roza of France 6-2, 6-3 in the finals. Williams won five matches on his way to the finals.